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talks between the defense secretary robert gates and the pastor have made any difference. >> just think how much pressure this pastor has come under. the president of the united states and his secretary of state, hillary clinton, have condemned his decision to burn korans. he gets a personal phone call from the u.s. defense secretary. top u.s. generals have warned that american troops may be in harm's way as a result of this decision to try and burn the crown -- corp. on -- the korans. he takes this agreement, backs down, but in new york, a spokesman for the developer aranda imam behind the cultural center tell us they did not know anything at all. mass confusion on the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. >> we will talk more about that in a moment. have we had any reaction from the white house and the pastor has made this decision? >> president obama is going to be giving a press conference tomorrow. this is the first one he has done in months. you can bet your bottom dollar the press conference is going to be dominated by questions about this. >> you mentioned discussions abou
president biden and defense secretary robert gates will pass the baton to iraq's military at a special ceremony at 8:00 eastern this morning. we'll bring it to you live when it happens. >>> also defense secretary robert gates is meeting with u.s. and iraqi forces. this is taking place at camp ramadi. this is video from just a short time ago. secretary gates telling american soldiers they'll still work with iraqis on kourcounterterrorism do a lot of training and advising. >>> last night president obama paying tribute to the americans who served in the war. nearly 1 1/2 million troops. he didn't give any credit to former president bush's surge strategy. >> because of our troops, and civilians, and because of the resilience of the iraqi people, iraq has the opportunity to embrace a new destiny. even though many challenges remain. so tonight i am announcing that the american combat mission in iraq has ended. "operation iraqi freedom" is over and the iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country. >> our team of reporters covering this story like only cnn can fr
. up a call from robert gates pleading with him not to go ahead with the plans. he has come up with a huge amount of pressure, not just from the obama administration, but there are people coming in. he has caved in to the pressure. he will not go ahead with the plans because the islamic cultural center has agreed to moves. they say that is not the case. >> another turn possibly reinforcing the position. the florida imam has been telling reuters news agency that a commitment does exist from new york to discuss moving the islamic cultural center away from ground zero. >> it seems that is a different story. it looks like they are meeting in the middle. they have not committed to moving the cultural center, but they say they will discuss it. this is a pastor who runs a tiny church. he has brought the entire attention of the media. he has brought securities, of such millions of people. people say what he is doing is irresponsible it puts innocent american lives in danger, so i think whatever happens, this man will beat a social pariah. he is speaking now. we can confirm you will not
, secretary robert gates called pastor terry jones today to say that this was something he would encourage been cancelled. we do not know the details of that conversation. on top of it all, donald trump has made an offer to purchase of large piece of that property in new york, he says, to prevent this from getting any more out of control. live in the newsroom, scott newman, abc7 news. >> breaking news now from the district. a lawsuit filed this week alleging a former d.c. public school teacher had a long term sexual reporrelationship with a- year-old mentally disturbed teenager. dna tests confirmed that the 18- year-old is the father of the teachers baby girl. and if >> new paltz -- >> new calls in to the investigation that adrian fenty offered voters paid jobs in six -- in exchange for their support. suzanne kendeigh -- suzanne kennedy is live at the fenty campaign. >> instead of talking about why he should be reelected, adrian fenty is having to answer questions about allegations of voter impropriety. >> even has he shook hands with supporters and attended an event with the secretary of
to prairies' here at home. kate amara has more on that. >> robert gates is in iraq this morning, meeting with troops. the president declared the war in iraq is over. after seven years and more than 4400 u.s. service members killed, president obama declared an end to u.s. combat operations in iraq. >> it is time to turn the page. >> the president said america remains committed to an independent and stable iraq. >> a transitional force will remain in iraq. >> republicans claimed success grew out of the troop surge strategy. >> i want to thank president obama for setting aside his past political rhetoric and recognizing the importance of the surge. >> the war in afghanistan and the fight against terrorism continue. >> we will turn ft al qaeda. >> he linked the war in iraq to the u.s. economy. >> put the millions of americans who have lost their job back to work. >> the 50,000 american troops that remain in iraq have to be out by 2011. live in washington, kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> do you think if there is a chance u.s. troops will be in iraq past that deadline? >> the administration ha
of defense is now adding his voice to those opposing a plan to burn korans on the anniversary of 9/11. robert gates agrees with the commander in afghanistan that it would increase the danger to american troops abroad. >> the planned koran burning by a tiny florida church this weekend has sparked a global controversy. >> it does not, in any way, represent america, americans, american government, american religious or political leadership. >> the man at the center of the storm, pastor terry jones. even this morning from the top u.s. and nato commander in afghanistan -- >> it puts our soldiers in jeopardy. >> it does not have been backing down. i do not know if jesus would burn books, but he would this one. >> this would be the latest demonstration targeting muslims nationwide, much of it a reaction to the building of the planned mosque near ground zero. this morning, the imam of the center rights, if they back down from the building of the center, we see the unraveling of our discourse on both sides. house minority leader john boehner and links the two issues, saying he is against both. >> past
de defensa "robert gates" y el jefe del estado mayor conjunto, el almirante "mike mullen".---en medio de la euforia parcial provocada por esta nueva etapa, los mandos a cargo de los 50-mil soldados que permaneceran en irak advirtieron que sus labores no terminan, pues en esa nacion sigue habiendo elementos escondida y temen represalia, univisión. >> gracias. >> bueno, así pasamos al segmento de deportes y nos acompaña nuestro querido félix hernández. >> no hay que hablar como la cota cotorra. >> se dice que habla. >> muchísimo gusto y a ustedes también. >> hoy día les traigo una invitación para una final que tendremos esta noche en nuestra cadena, además un ruso regresa a dirigir a méxico, también daremos un vistazo por el fútbol europa y nos pondremos al día en el campeonato mundial de baloncesto. adelante. >> arrancamos con el fútbol esta noche que se juega la gran final en el torneo súper liga. new england revolucion, ya ganó la copa en la edición 2008 y buscará su tercer equipo mexicano que levante la súper copa. en méxico, la directiva del necaxa agotó su pa
a live report from washington on that story just ahead. >>> robert gates weighing in on robert woodward's account over afghan war strategy. the secretary says the new book overplays it. >>> and the a.m. fix blog is up and running this morning. join the live conversation right now at cnn.com/amfix. >>> up first, a shocking discovery not far from the united nations. during the meeting of the general assembly. >> a nicaraguan diplomat was found dead in his bronx apartment. and the search is on for a killer this morning. our susan candiotti joins us with the latest on the investigation. >> and of course the question is, why an attack on this 34-year-old diplomat who had been in the country for about eight years now working at the nicaraguan mission. cesar mercado. and police found not one but two knives. and they weren't found next to his body. they were found in the bathroom of the small studio apartment where the diplomat lived. cesar mercado, apparently one of the knives were a steak knife according to new york police commissioner paul brown. and he says it was found near the bathroom si
the first. watch more of these at tbd.com. >>> defense secretary robert gates is meeting with u.s. troops at an airbase west of baghdad. he flew to iraq from milwaukee, widow of the american legion that many of iraq posed problems are still unsolved. secretary gates arrived hours after president obama's said the u.s. combat mission in iraq is over. >> operation iraqi freedom is over. the iraqi people have lead responsibility for the security of their country. >> the president said the u.s. commitment to a stable and self- reliant iraq will continue. all combat troops have left iraq after more than seven years on the ground. 50,000 service members will stay to help train iraqi security forces. >> some >who fought -- some leaders who fought to stop the troop surge are probably now taking credit for the results. >> republicans say the u.s. success in iraq is not because of president obama but in spite of him. >>> five minutes after the hour. we look at this day ahead. president obama is opening a new round of mideast peacemaking, bringing israeli and palestinian leaders together for talks
. >>> defense secretary robert gates is in iraq this morning as american troops formallally bring combat operations in the country to a close. his visit comes one day after president obama's prime time address to the nation. tara mergener has more. >> it's time to turn the page. >> reporter: u.s. combat operations may have come to an end but the war in iraq isn't over. >> i can't tell my soldier you're not a combat armed soldier anymore. we're still out here doing what we did before. >> reporter: today, roughly 50,000 american forces begin operation new dawn. their mission, advising and supporting iraqi security forces over the next year. >> they've got to be successful really early on. the next 90 days will really tell w4-9d the iraqi security forces have been trained well. >> reporter: this morning defense secretary robert gates arrived in iraq, joining vice president joe biden who's been in the country all week pushing political leaders to end a stalemate. president obama also urged iraqi leaders to come to an agreement during his prime time address at the oval office last night. >> i
] >> robert gates spoke to reporters today. he says we are making progress in afghanistan. his speech is next. later, president obama addresses the united nations general assembly. he will testify tomorrow about the allegations that the new black panther party intimidated voters in philadelphia during the last election. ben bernanke will talk about the 2008 financial crisis and the current stated the u.s. economy. live coverage from princeton university and for 30 p.m. eastern. >> i under estimated -- at princeton university at 4:30 p.m. eastern. >> i underestimated the job. i suddenly leaped. >> newt gingrich as his tenure -- on his tenure. that is sunday on c-span. >> robert gates talked to reporters about afghanistan and is asked about bob woodward's latest book. >> good afternoon. i would like to give a brief update on our efforts to change the way we do business. yesterday, our top military and civilian leadership discuss progresed progress . it included our 10 combatant commanders. it is critical that they be involved in shaping all aspects of these initiatives, especially those with th
beginning at 8:00 at 8:00 a.m. eastern on c-span2. president obama and defense secretary robert gates spoke at a ceremony at the pentagon yesterday. they were joined by the joint chiefs of staff chairman. the president has asked americans to honor the fallen. from the pentagon memorial in arlington, this is 35 minutes. please direct your attention to the pentagon memorial flagpole. the flag is flying at half staff. >> the national anthem of the united states. ♪ [brass band playing "star- spangled banner"] >> ladies and gentlemen, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen. >> mr. president, secretary gates, distinguished guests, most of all families and friends of those we lost on 9/11, inside the pentagon, near the chapel, lies a quilt on display. it was stitched together by dozens of americans who simply wanted those of us who survived the attack on his building to note that day, our fellow citizens, would always remember those who did not. on that quilt are written these words by a little girl, "in our hearts, we weep for you. in our minds, we honor you." today, her
, virginia, et the pentagon. president obama and robert gates attended the sort -- the ceremony ended remarks for about 40 minutes. -- and dave remarks for about 40 minutes. >> ladies and gentleman, the national anthem of the united states. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> listen gentleman, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. >> mr. president, secretary gates, distinguished guests, and most of all, families and friends of those we lost on 9/11 -- inside of the pentagon buys a quilt on display, stitched together by thousands of america -- of americans who wanted us to know that they would remember those who did not survive. on the quilt are written the words by a little girl -- in our hearts we weep for you, in our minds, we honor you. today, her words still comfort us. today, we still weep for those we lost here in new york -- here, in new york, and in somerset county. today, we still honor them with our presence, and certainly with this memorial. mostly, we honor them with our lives. it is what we have done from that day until this, the secretary at -- the sacrifices we have borne, the laughter we
that is more stable but still far from settled. defense secretary robert gates arrived in iraq overnight. the secretary of defense is meeting with troops just as their combat mission is coming to an end. there are still under 50,000 american troops in iraq. >>> for president obama, he is gearing up now for an international negotiation on middle east peace. the prime minister of israel and the palestinian president arrived in d.c. yesterday. secretary of state clinton met with mahmoud abbas. president obama will meet with abbas and benjamin netanyahu separately later today. he will host a dinner before formal peace talks open up tomorrow. >>> back here at home, montgomery county police are asking for help in the hunt for a suspect in germantown. officers canvassed the neighborhood passing out flyers hoping for a tip that gets a man off street before he strikes again. two women living alone were taxed in the middle of the night. last week's victim, an 86-year- old at a senior center. >>> a michigan prosecutor says he expects to file more charges against the suspected serial stabber. police
in the country. >>> robert gates is getting a firsthand look at military operations in afghanistan. gates is in afghanistan to meet with the country's leaders and check on the progress of the troops against the taliban in southern afghanistan. gates said there are signs of progress after touring the area today. he says the operation is far from a down deal. >>> 5:13. let's go to sal and see what is happening with the commute. it is early on friday. >> i'm putting it out to my twitter followers and to you. where are you going this weekend? are you leaving town? >> a lot of people are driving. >> yes. go ahead and let me know. we are trying to figure out what the most congested commute routes will be. it is quiet out there right now. let's go to highway 4 west. traffic is moving along okay. it will be interesting to see if we have a typical commute on highway 4 west from antioch. the bay bridge here. i'm not sure if we will have a big delay or not. if you are driving 880 north. it is off to a good start. now for the weather. hi, steve. >>> sal, youraddresss on twitter? >> sal.castaneda. >>
young men and women in uniform. >> reporter: secretary of defense robert gates called jones directly and asked him to reconsider. soon after, jones said he had because of another conversation he calls a sign from god. jones as imam ralph had agreed to move the ground zero project. in return? >> we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. >> reporter: but in an interview for "this week," the imam said the conversation never happened, the center wiffle stay where it's planned. >> how can you equate burning of of any person's scripture with an attempt to build interfaith dialogue? >> reporter: jones now says he's rethinking his decision to cancel when asked could he he still go ahead with the burning. he answered -- >> i really do not know. >> reporter: pastor jones says he will make his final announcement today. he says he is praying the situation turns out well. emily schmidt, abc news, washington. >>> two people are dead and a third critically wounded inside this kraft foods facility in philadelphia. police say a suspected worker who had just been escorted from the plant, came b
and defense secretary robert gates were in baghdad this morning to prepare for the change of command ceremony. that ceremony signals the formal end of american combat operations in iraq. this comes on the heels of president obama's address on the end of our war in that country. >> our combat mission is ending, but our commitment to iraq's future is not. >> the president also pushed iraqi leaders to come to an agreement and form a new government. but he promised that the united states just will not walk away, even after the iraqi government takes shape. >>> police in anne arundel county are looking for a man accused of sexually assaulting an 83-year-old woman. officers say that a man broke into the woman's home in glen bearny early monday morning and raped her. so far, police have made no arrests. they describe the suspect as a white male in his early 20s with a large build. he was last seen wearing a dark- colored scarf over his face. >>> montgomery county police are looking for a rapist linked to two attacks on elderly women in germantown. officers are planning to go door-to-door today, ha
, an exclusive interview with secretary of defense robert gates. welcome to progressive. nice calculator. i'm just trying to save money on my car insurance. you know, with progressive, you get the option to name your price. is that even possible? uh, absolutely. trade? and i still get great service? more like super great. oh, you have a message. "hello." calculator humor. i'll be here all week. i will -- that was my schedule. the freedom to name your price. now, that's progressive. call or click today. ♪ [ male announcer ] giving up cigarettes can take more than willpower alone. but today's a new day. for many, smoking is a treatable medical condition. so talk to your doctor about prescription treatment options and support. and this time, make it your time. >> bret: one night after president obama announced the official end of operation iraqi freedom and the beginning of the next phase of american presence in the embattled country, correspondent james rosen is traveling with defense secretary robert gates in iraq and has this exclusive interview. ♪ ♪ >> in a change of command ceremony
to do it? >> reporter: defense secretary robert gates and national security adviser james jones are also expected to leave sometime next year. national economic council head larry summers going back to harvard. other members of the team peter orszag and christina romer are already gone. the senior adviser david axelrod will head home to chicago by spring. bill clinton changed chiefs of staff four times at different crisis points in his presidency. president george w. bush dumped donald rumsfeld from the pentagon after 2006 elections. all presidents have crisis points. president obama is in one leading up to the november elections, so the new team he builds will say a lot about the direction he wants to go in next year. bill plante, cbs news, the white house. >>> this morning on "the early show" a preview of the hottest toys for the holiday season. it's amazing we are already talking about the holiday season. i'm terrell brown. this is the "cbs morning news." [ male announcer ] the new subway flatbread breakfast sandwiches! like the new double bacon & cheese omelet sandwich! they're all n
before moving forward. >> reporter: defense tech tear robert gates who supports getting rid of the policy ordered a study into repealing it. the results of the study are due in december. but elections are coming in november and both sides see a chance to score political points in the debate over don't ask, don't tell. even pop stars are lending their voice to the discussion. >> don't ask, don't tell. is wrong. >> reporter: lady gaga is better known for her outfits and al balm sales, but she's taken a strong stand on don't ask, don't tell, holding a rally in maine mopped. >> we should send home the prejudiced. the soldier who hates the gay soldier. >> reporter: supporters argue that wartime is not the right time to make such a big change in the armed forces. but with polls showing most persons support repealing don't ask, don't tell, senators are being pulled in both directions, joel brown, cbs news, washington. >>> we'd like to know what do you think about this issue? take part in our online poll by going to our website, wusa9.com. the poll is in the lower right part of our home page. >>>
korff has the story. >> caroline, defense secretary robert gates personally called pastor terry jones to urge him to not go forward with the koran burning protest. the pastor said he will not, maybe. the near deafening worldwide call for pastor terry jones to stop his planned karan burning saturday has been stopped for now. >> we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. >> earlier in the day, the florida pastor agreed to rein in his protest. local muslims we spoke with expressed their relief. >> it is good he changed his mind. >> jones says he stopped the book burning protest in exchange for a deal to move the proposed islamic center and moscow away from ground zero. but the project leader says no such deal has been made and expressed reservations about relocating. >> my major concern in moving ait is that the deadline and the muslim world is is lomb is under attack in america,, -- is that islam is under attack in america. >> tonight, the florida muslim leader who has worked for days to convince pastor jones to call off his protest admitted the only thing that was agreed upon was
countrys. thousands pro fenceed in afghanistan. robert gates called jones to ask him to stand down. and president obama had strong words for the pastor. >> we've got an obligation to send a very clear message that this kind of behavior or threats of action put our young men and women in harm's way. >> reporter: muslim extremists have used his plans to rally their followers online. some calling for american muslims to kill the pastor. >> in a real strange twist of fate the person that's going to be most protected going forward is going to be the rev. and their congregation. >> reporter: his safety is such a concern hundreds of police officers have been called to duty to keep the peace at his parrish whether or not the burning actually takes place. even pastor jones estranged date is speaking out. jones told a german newspaper that he her father has gone mad and needs help. >> tomorrow marks the anniversary sear of the 9/11 attacks. the president says americans should find a way to serve their fellow citizens and rekindle the spirit of unity and common purpose that was felt in t
recognition day and at the pentagon, robert gates held a special ceremony for our servicemen and women. he prolled to do everything in his power to get the troops home safely. okay, when the chips are down, who do you want to save your bacon? s.w.a.t. teams were showing off their mad skill today as they took part in an annual competition featuring sharp shooting, and an obstacle course. it is now more important than ever following possible threats from today's capital police shooting, the discovery hostage taker, and the tragic johns hopkins murder suicide yesterday. >> we train to not ever lose. never lose and that is the mind set you have to be in. >> stress response, you want to get your heart rate up. know how to breathe properly. know how to control your heart rate. >> this is the fourth year of the regional s.w.a.t. teams competing against each other, including the fbi and capitol police. that is our report, i'll be back here tonight at 11:00 with anita and don't forget, log on any time you like to wusa9.com. i'll see you later. have a great evening, bye. in case of everyday emerg
and -- morale and battle readiness. >> reporter: defense secretary robert gates who supports getting rid of the policy ordered a study on how repealing it would affect the armed forces. the results are due in december, but elections are coming in november. both sides see a chance to score political points in the don't ask, don't tell. even pop stars are lending their voice to the discussion. >> don't ask, don't tell is wrong. >> reporter: lady gaga is better known for her outrageous outfits but she's take an strong stand on don't ask, don't tell, calling on her fans to speak out against the law. >> we should send home the prejudice, the straight soldier who hates the gay soldier. >> reporter: supporters argue that war time is not the right time to make a big change but with polls showing most americans to repeal it, senators are being pulled today the president's choice said he does in the believe don't ask, don't tell should be lifted. the jnl said the shake-up that could follow could be a distraction. >>> the different broncos are mourning the loss of a teammate today. the wide receive
unit stablized one every most dangerous sights in iraq. but first roberts gates will soon decide what long range strike systems the nation needs, including the fate of a new bomber, new cruise missiles in a conventional ballistic missile able to hit targets 7,000 miles away in 20 minutes. what mix of capabilities should gates pick? here to explain the debate is mark gunzinger, who wrote sustaining america's strategic advantage in long range, a report to be released tuesday which recommends ways to organize the long range strike portfolio before joining in january mark served at the deputy distant secretary of defense for transformation and resources. mark, welcome back to the show. >> morning, vago. pleased to be here. >> what condition is the u.s. long range strike system -- what is the condition of that system? >> to tell you the truth, the top of our report is about sustaining our strategic advantage in long range strike for the next 30 years. the fact of the matter is we have some aging systems that are increasingly less capable against the kinds of defenses that we see our milita
, this moment is one for reflection. defense secretary robert gates was overcome with emotion at the thought of what has been given and lost in this war. >> the courage of these men and wom women, their determination, their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families, along with the service and sacrifice of so many others in uniform, have made this day, this transition, possible, and we must never forget. >> reporter: there's another war, of course, even older than iraq, and president obama sought to reinvigorate a war-weary nation for the challenges ahead in afghanistan. >> we will disrupt, dismantle and defeat al qaeda, while preventing afghanistan from again serving as a base for terrorists. and because of our drawdown in iraq, we are now able to apply the resources necessary to go on offense. >> reporter: and with americans still suffering and anxious in an company that barely shows a pulse, the president pivoted to the nation's most pressing concern today. >> we need to restore our economy and president the millions of americans who lost their jobs back to work. this will be difficult
. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, >>> defense secretary robert gates met with troops in iraq this morning, as american combat operations formally came to a close. >> i would say we have moved into the final phase of our engagement in iraq. >> reporter: today, 50,000 american troops begin their mission of advising and supporting iraqi security forces over the next year. politics may be an each bigger issue than security. nearly six montes after holding elections, iraq has yet to form a new government. this morning, vice president joe biden says iraqi leaders are close to an agreement. >> u.s. officials now say the two men detained on a flight to amsterdam this week were not conducting a dry run for a terrorist attack. authorities now say the two men don't even know each other. it was actually the airline that pushed both of their flights and seated them together. investigators found cell phones taped in one of the men's luggage as you recall. but apparently one of the men who did it was keeping the gifts together so they wouldn't rattle around in his bag. >>> and an arrest warrant was issued last month after a swedish w
. >> add one more voice to the chorus, according to a pentagon spokesperson. defense secretary robert gates said during a staff meeting he endorses the cautionaryycomments of general david patreous. in washington, fox news. >> and here is our question of the day. is it appropriate for a pastor to burn the koran? so far 22 percent say yes. 78 percent say no. one viewer wrote why offend the whole islamic religion in order tooprotest a small minority of radicals. but randy writes, ow do wee3 %-not the koran?o be burned and >> construction crews installed the world trade center. at ground zero. the column has been set uppat the entrance to the september 11th memorial and the memorial is set to be opened boy next year n time for the 10th anniversary of the attack. it will feature reflective pools dthe investigationlist of victii into the c massive leak in the gulf of mexico. as expected they are sharing the blame. bp sites several companies, concrete work. and the ax arose frrm a series of mechhnical and human failure. meantime the government continues its own investigation. >> wwll, another be
is waiting to replace robert gates. the effect will be to bring that circle ever tighter because donnelin is an insight guide. >> is there a name to replace rahm emanuel? >> no. >> a final word? >> i am not in the inner circle so i don't know who is in line. >> the last word, thank you, see you next week. ♪ hi. fedex office print our presentation, we ht they could have shipped it too. saved ourselves the hassle. i'm not too sure about this. look at th. [ security agent ] right. you never kick off with sales figes. kicking off with sales figures! i'm yawning. i'm yawning some more. aaaaaaaand... [ snores ] i see your point yeah. [ sn ] [ male announcer ] we understand.® you need a partner who delivers convenience. next te use dex office.
that defense secretary robert gates called pastor terry jones yesterday to ask him not to go forward with his plans to burn the muslim holy book. gates' call came shortly before jones's initial announcement that he decided to call off the event. a pentagon spokesman said gates expressed his grave concern that burning the koran would put u.s. forces at risk. gates' phone call was the latest in a number of efforts by the obama administration this week to stop the burning. >> it's regrettable that a pastor in gainesville, florida, with a church with no more than 50 people can make this outrageous and just distressful, disgraceful plan and get, you know, the world's attention, but that's the world we live in right now. >> we're concerned that the images from of a burning koran would be used in the same way that extremists used images from abu ghraib s and they would use those images to insight violence and inflame public opinion against us and our mission in afghanistan as well as our missions around the world. >> i want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling could gre
the final phase. robert gates and vice-president joe biden were there for today's so-called handover ceremony in baghdad. the ceremony marks the beginning of operation a new dawn for around 50,000 u.s. troops will remain in iraq to train and assist the forces. many visits and think those who walked before then. tonight, there were at the v.a. medical center downtown for a special visit. >> they are our veterans. when we needed them, they were there. now some of our veterans need costs. >> how are you doing today? >> led the people they came to the v.a. medical center to a visitor veterans was this man trade >> here is an opportunity to say thank you for what they do for our veterans i dated a basis. it is an opportunity for us to say thank you to our veterans. >> there are crew members from the uss md. submarine and the u.s.s. constitution who went floor to floor to visit veterans here in the hospital. >> people did not realize. i thank you guys. ♪ >> the native jazz band was here to entertain -- navy jazz band was here to entertain. ♪ and a very special guest. 91 year-old former
of defense robert gates called jones personally saying the quran burning would be soldiers at ddnger and the president addressed the in the newssconference today. >> the idea that we would uun the sacred text of someone elsees religion, is contrary to what this country stands for. %-absolutely lit up our facebook page. and website today. we asked if burning he quran would incite terrorism. most of you said yes. 67 to 33 percent. on facebook, bernie writes, to incite followers to hatred is just as dangerous as inciting them to suicide. but julia writts, even if they do not burn the quran terrorism will be inciteed. thanks again for writing. >> tomorrow, americaawill honor the thousands of lives lost in tte 9/11 attacks, nine yeers ago. back in 2001, of course. 19 members of al-qaida flew two planes into the world trade center towers in manhattan. one into the penttgon in washington, d.c.. and a fourth plane crashed in pennsylvania. passengers on board.h brave the effort to rebuild at ground zero is continuing. >> it became obvious to me, that this terrorist sought to destroy our way
.s. and nato commander in afghanistan and defense secretary robert gates said the act could endanger american troops. the debate came on top of another controversy over plans to build an islamic cultural center near the site of ground zero in new york. at a news conference on friday, president obama called for religious tolerance. >> we have to make sure that we don't start turning on each other, and i will do everything that i can as long as i'm president of the united states to remind the american people that we are one nation under god and we may call that god different names. but we remain one nation. >> this week, dozens of christian, jewish and muslim leaders held what they called an emergency summit in washington, d.c. to address the tensions. the group released a statement denouncing anti-muslim bigotry and urging respect for america's tradition of religious liberty. >> we are convinced that spiritual leaders representing the various faiths in the united states have a moral obligation to stand together and to denounce categorically misinformation or outright bigotry directed against a
and a personal phone call from defense secretary robert gates. all of this as the state department has issued a warning to americans traveling overseas of possible revenge attacks, and even as there were more protests today in muslim nations. there is a lot to report tonight. kelly cobiella begins our coverage in gainesville, florida, kelly. >> reporter: good evening, harry. pastor terry jones has spent the entire day inside his church, then late in the day, came out request this completely unexpected announcement that he was calling off his protest on saturday in exchange for a promise that the controversial islamic center planned near ground zero would be moved. >> the imam has agreed to move the mosque. we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday, and on saturday i will be flying up there to meet with him. >> reporter: jones now claims the controversial islamic center near ground zero had always been a key factor in his decision. >> our thought was the american people do not, as a whole, want the mosque at the ground zero location. >> reporter: the man who apparently brokered the deal i
robert gates have said they want to end "don't ask, don't tell." it's a controversial policy now headed to the u.s. senate to settle. >> since passed by congress in 1993, "don't ask, don't tell" has allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military but not openly. in may, the house of representatives voted to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." now it's the u.s. senate's turns. >> let me be frank. introducing sexual tension and conduct into our barracks will be a distraction from the very business of the military and that is protecting us from our enemies. >> reporter: antigay groups and some military chaplins say they want the law left as is. >> what's at stake here is that chaplins who hold to a traditional view of morality and the teaching of scripture could eventually be precluded from joining as a chaplin because that view is in contrast with the military's stated policy. >> reporter: the pentagon is in the middle of an in-house survey to see whether allowing gays to serve openly would hurt military life and operations. >> i am here to be a voice for my generation. >> reporter: musica
, robert gates believes and says. he wants to slash $100 billion from the defense budget over five years. the current defense budget is almost 1/5 of the total u.s. budget and the total u.s. budget is $3.5 trillion. >> the culture of endless money that has taken hold must be replaced by a culture of savings and restraint. >> secretary gates is practicing what he preaches. he said that last year the department made more than 30 tough choices. canceling or curtailing major weapon system that were performing poorly or in excess to real world needs. about $330 billion worth. besides hardware heavy, the pentagon is also personnel heavy. what gates calls grass creep. generals and admirals, nearly 1,000 of them. deputy assistance secretaries of defense, 530. in 1960, there were 78. as for musicians in the military, there are more u.s. military ban members than our 6,000 foreign service offices. chairman of the joint chief of staff concurs with secretary gates on cutbacks. >> one of the things that secretary gates is addressing and i think rightfully so is the whole issue of what he calls bra
. >> i don't know yet what the impact on recruiting will be in our combat. >> defense secretary, robert gates had asked congress to wait on the vote until december. that's when the military is expected to complete its study on the impact of gays on soldier moral and battle effectiveness. >> many top senate republicans agreed, including former pow, john mccain. by the way, an estimated 13,000 gay service members have been discharged under the law since it was created under president clinton in 1993. lesley. >>> andrea reporting, thank you. >>> a helicopter crash in afghanistan skilled ten nato troops. nine are believed to be americans. one is an afghan soldier. this is the worse chopper crash since the fighting began in 2001. the military does not know what brought the chopper down. the taliban claims insurgents shot it down, but nato says there were no reports of enemy fire in the area. >>> dc attorney general, peter nichols has been referred to the bar of association for alleged conflict of interest. before taking the attorney general job, nichols was the lead attorney. now of course,
secretary robert gates presided over a military changing of command ceremony in baghdad. the ceremony signals the formal end of american acombat operations in iraq. >> operation iraqi freedom is over. but american engagement with iraq will continue with the mission that began today. operation new dawn. as the name suggests, this ceremony not only marked the change of command but the start of a differenthapter in relationship with iraq. >> some 50,000 american troops will remain to train iraqi forces wit a deadline for a full withdrawal by the end of next year. >> the white house is setting the stage today for tomorrow's first direct peace talks between the israelis and palesnians in two years. president obama met with israel prime minister. presidenobama has warned hamas that acts of terror will not stophe u.s. and its allies in their pursuit of peace. the president will meet with palestinian present mahmoud ahmadinejad today. all sides will gather late tonight. >> the maker of botox is paying a big fine to settle a federal investigationnto the marketin of its drug. >> plus a difficul
and defense secretary robert gates are in baghdad today to help mark the end of u.s. military command in iraq. the ceremony began at 5:00 a.m. pacific time and two hours later the combat phase of u.s. involvement was officially over. biden also shook hands with troops. a new commander is also in charge of the 50,000 troops who will remain in iraq for none combat purposes full troop withdrawal is expected by the end of next year. >>> after a they of neal two years mid-east peace talks have begun again in washington, d.c. president obama this morning meet with israeli prime minister bet amin net net and is scheduled to meet later today with the palestinian president. they are scheduled to meet face- to-face tomorrow. after his meeting with the israeli prime minister mr. obama condemned yesterday's killing of four israelis open the west bank. >> the united states is going to be unwaiverring in support of israel's security. and we are going to push back against these kinds of terrorist activities. >> the palestinian group hamas has claimed responsibility for shooting the 4 israelis. >>> authoriti
. the attack took place in the province and coincided with the arrival of u.s. defense secretary robert gates, who will be holding talks with karzai in kabul. nato forces in the carried out a strike which killed up to 12 insurgents. the alliance is investigating the incident. well, rioting has continued for a second day in mozambique's capital as president protect soaring bread prices. police report widespread looting and the army has been called in to help restore calm. at least seven people were killed and 300 wounded on wednesday when police opened fire on protesters. the raging prompted by a 30% increase in bread prices. mozambique is one of the world's poorest countries. germany's central bank has called on the german president to fire a board -- board member thilo sarrazin he made headlines for a inflammatory remarks made against muslims and jews. the comments coincided with the publication of his new book. the german chancellor has welcomed the decision to seek thilo sarrazin's removal. >> thilo sarrazin has earned a reputation for his outspoken, often provocative views. his new best-s
. a spokesman says one possibility is a phone call request from defense secretary robert gates. meantime afghan near kabul protested the event by burning the american flag and shouting death to christians. t. j. reports. >> an act of defiance by a tiny florida church is having far-reaching security implications for americans around the globe. >> this was a recruitment bonanza for al-queda. >> the president is reacting to the planned 9/11 quran burning to be held by pastor terry jones, leader of the 15 member dove wolf outreach center. >> if he's listening, i hope he understands what he's proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as americans. >> the president joined a chorus of criticism from government and religious leaders that the demonstration would endanger american troops abroad along with f.b.i. concerns the radicals might attack the event. >> we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. >> promotion of saturday's ceremony has already sparked an immediate response from the terrorist website. one writer warns oh you american
on september 11th. a spokesman says one possibility is a phoncall request from defense secretary robert gates. meantime afghan near kabul protested the event by burning the american flag and shoutg death to christians. t. j. reports. >> an act of defiance by a tiny florida church is having far-reaching security implications for americans around the globe. >> this was a recruitment bonanza for al-queda. >> the president is reacting to the planned 9/11 quran burning to be held by pastor terry jones, lead of th 15 member dove wolf outreach center. >> if he's listening, i hope he understands what he's proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as americans. >> the preside joined a chorus of criticism from government and religious leaders that the demonstration would endanger american troops abroad along with f.i. concerns the radicals might attack the event. >> we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. >> promotion of saturday's cereny has already sparked an immediate response from the terrorist website. one writer warns oh, you americans, i swear by allah if you do thi
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